The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. Relationships can be a complex thing. They can fill you up with joy, suck the life out of you and be down right confusing sometimes. In order to protect ourselves, we might put emotional barriers up. We decide that a certain person no longer merits our love or friendship. But be careful about who and what you block out because when you “protect yourself” from being hurt you are also blocking out love, light and all the beauty life has offer.

All relationships evolve and it’s normal that we move on from some of them but we need to be careful in how we do so and why we do so. If we stand from a place of anger and resentment, it’s actually ourselves that we are hurting more. It’s like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to get sick from it.

Forgiveness is key in finding inner peace. It doesn’t mean we agree with what the other person did if we feel wronged but it does involve letting them go and releasing whatever anger we might have.

We are all human and make mistakes. Most of them don’t come from a place of wanting to hurt others. We are simply beings with a lot to learn and sometimes those lessons involve other people and it can get messy at times. Learn to be brave and have compassion for yourself and for others when someone messes up. Learn to forgive, forget, move on and be happy.

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